Lex Braes

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Visiting Associate Professor Undergraduate Architecture lbraes@pratt.edu 718.399-.4305 p 718.399-.4332 f Brooklyn Campus, Higgins Hall North 1

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M.F.A., University of California; Brooklyn MuseumArt School; Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art.


Lex Braes, born in Glasgow, Scotland. Studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art , Dundee, Scotland (1974-1979) graduated MFA. Brooklyn Museum Art School (1979-1980), University of California San Diego (1983-1984) studied under Allan Kaprow MFA program. Since 2003 he has taught a free-hand drawing class with emphasis on perspective, volumetric and tonal rendering. Working with primitive materials; charcoal, pigment dispersions, establishes an intimacy and respect for the craft which is then possible to employ as a primary tool for communicating with visual intelligence. Braes lives and works in Brooklyn. Shared teaching Design Studio, Fall 2008 with Prof Dan Bucsescu Braes's drawing class works to support Core Design studios as well as working independently from. The emphasis varies on the students particular needs in drawing which varies from one group to the next, at times volumetric study replaces perspective as primary concentration. Weather permitting, class works outdoors, perspective studies from site specific situations; distinguishing eye level, vanishing points shared by parallel planes, how light source affects shadows and how to discern their particular vanishing points. Braes encourages practice with the pocket sketch-book as a recorder of visual data and primary source tool for generating ideas, mark-making calibrated with intellectual rigor is the goal. Braes taught painting at The New York Studio School from 2000 to 2003 and returns on ocassion as a visiting critic. Guest critic/lecturer: Dundee University Fall semester 1996 Brooklyn College 1992. Cooper Union 1994. Purdue Indiana University 1994. Awards: Glasgow Educational Trust Award to study original drawings at Harvard Fogg and Sackler Museums Sep 1978, Max Beckmann Scholarship: graduate study Brooklyn Museum Art School 1979-1980. Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, study in NY 1979-1980. Scottish Arts Coucil Printmaking Award 1981. Full scholarship UCSD 1983-1984. Triangle NY 1997. Villa Waldberta stipendien 2005. Yaddo invitation 2007. Recent Exhibitions: Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Art, 2001. Felix Ringel Galerie, Dusseldorf 2002. Michael Langen, Feldafing, Germany 2003. Galerie Noah, Augsburg, Germany 2006, Flowers Gallery, 1000 Madison Ave NY Dec 2008, Sideshow Gallery, Bedford Ave Williamsburg Jan 2009. Stefan Vogdt Galerie, Germany May June 2009. forthcoming exhibitions: Michael Langen, Munich, Germany Fall 2009, Stefan Vogdt Galerie, Munich Spring 2010, Felix Ringel Galerie, Dusseldorf, Germany, Spring 2010. please see personal website for full exhibition list. Publications: Natasha Prévost: "Lex Braes' red line" inflexions Jan 2009 Allison Leigh Defrees: "Art in the Balance: Profile of Scottish Artist Lex Braes" Janera.com May 2008 Angela Bachmair "Mysterious Traces" Ausburger Allgemeine Jan 10, 2004 Karen Wilkin: "At the Galleries" in Partisan Review Winter 2002 Ken Johnson. "suspension" Fine Arts & Leisure, New York Times Nov 16, 2001 Donald Kuspit: "Clearing" essay for Exhibition Catalogue November 1999 – Jan 2000 Karen Wilkin: "At the Galleries" Partisan Review Winter 2000 Kit White: "Lex Braes at Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Art" in Review, Dec 15, 1999 J. Boyer Bell: "Lex Braes at Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Art" in Review, Dec 1, 1999 Jason Kerrigan. Feature "Exile on 14th Street" in The Scotsman, Nov 30, 1999 Cornelia Kunz:. Kunst-conTAKT 99 essay for Exhibition Catalogue, Sept. 1999 Roland Legiardi-Laura. "Lex Braes at Rosenberg + Kaufman" in BOMB, Spring 1998 Eileen Daspin: "Trends" in the Wall Street Journal, March 6, 1998 Essay by Mark Staff Brandl: "Still", Exhibition Catalogue, Jan 1998 * Mark Staff Brandl: Zurich "Lex Braes at Kunstkiosk", in Art in America, Jan 1997 Lindsay Blair: "Ruhe" essay for Exhibition Catalogue Nov 1994 Robert C. Morgan: "Symbolic Surface" essay for Exhibition Catalogue Sept 1994 Sue Scott: "Invitational Elizabeth Harris Gallery" in ARTnews Jan 1994 Janet Koplos: "Lex Braes at Stephen Rosenberg" in Art in America July 1992 Carol Volk: "Lex Braes at Stephen Rosenberg" in Art and Antiques April 1992 Jordanstone Gazette, Newsletter April 1992 Edinburgh Arts Centre Collection Catalogue Volume 3, 1992 Grampian Today U.K. Television, Unveiling portrait of Scottish poet Sydney Scroggie on his 70th birthday, McManus Galleries, Dundee Museum, Scotland Oct 1989 "Loaded" Blue Star Art Space Catalogue Sept 1989 World in Action - Granada, U.K. Television, Documentary on Economic League of Britain featuring portraits by Lex Braes 1988 David Graves London Daily Telegraph Jan 7, 1987 The Scotsman Reviews, Editorials and Letters in connection with the purchase of Nelson Mandela portrait by the City of Edinburgh, January 1987 Scotland Today U.K. Television News. Interview with Lex Braes in connection with the purchase of Nelson Mandela portrait by the City of Edinburgh, December 1986